Washington back to join Warriors

wwWillis Wilson, a running back with the Washington Huskies the past three years, is set to join the Rainbow Warriors.

There are several procedural steps that need to be cleared before it becomes official. If all goes according to plan, by joining as an initial walk-on, Wilson is expected to be eligible to play this coming season.

Cornerback Dee Maggitt was helpful after Wilson decided he wanted to transfer. Both were raised in Washington.

Wilson ,who is is from Lakewood, was a decorated running back at Lakes High. As a senior in 2009, he rushed for 1,425 yards and 22 touchdowns. He was named South Puget Sound’s offensive player of the year.

In 2010, he was named the Huskies’ scout player of the year.

He did not play in any games in 2011, and had one rush in 2012.

Here’s a highlight video: Willis Wilson

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Word on the boulevard is that running back Diocemy Saint Juste posted great times in sprint drills yesterday.

Linebacker Drake Miller also did well in speed drills.


  1. Bryson June 25, 2013 7:33 am

    Hopefully this helps ease the loss of Will Gregory…can’t wait to see this stable of running backs get on the field…

  2. PurpleMaple June 25, 2013 7:35 am

    Whoa! Top three.

  3. Cheyah! June 25, 2013 7:40 am

    Is it football season yet?

    Go Warriors!

  4. HawaiiMongoose June 25, 2013 7:43 am

    Top ten. Morning all!

  5. Stephen Tsai June 25, 2013 7:44 am

    The offseason conditioning program runs nine weeks, but there is a one-week period in which the S/C coach cannot initiate workouts. The players, however, may approach the S/C coach for help. A test of leadership and commitment will be next week, when the players are on their own.

  6. PurpleMaple June 25, 2013 7:46 am

    Interesting listening to BC this morning about Warrior’s football program; its lack of good facilities as it relates to a successful program/season. We forget the successful years under coaches Dick Tomey and Bob Wagner (not ignoring JJ). Warriors had one ugly season – last season since Von Appen. Hawaii can and will have a winning program. That’s been its history. Winning conference championships has been illusive, but to say Hawaii cannot have a good football program is to deny its history. One bad season will not change its culture. The pieces are there to have a winning season this year. People will be surprised.

  7. d1shima June 25, 2013 7:49 am

    Great Morning All!

    Need me some football…

  8. jeezy33 June 25, 2013 7:50 am

    This guy is actually legit… Might help somehow soon

  9. Naks8 June 25, 2013 7:53 am

    Good get. Can always use depth and special teams contributors.

  10. Stephen Tsai June 25, 2013 8:01 am

    Did you notice I resisted going with the “Whatcha talkin’ about …” headline?

    I actually might be maturing.

  11. turfwar June 25, 2013 8:04 am

    Where the heck is this boulevard? Good stuff to be had there!

  12. Stephen Tsai June 25, 2013 8:06 am

    The trouble with boulevards and streets is they’re all under construction at the moment.

  13. Inyoface June 25, 2013 8:09 am

    Seems like this year is a completely different team from last year. The competition will be much more competitive with greater depth.

  14. d1shima June 25, 2013 8:09 am

    …avoid the dead ends

  15. Rodney June 25, 2013 8:19 am

    Imua Warriors!

  16. Stephen Tsai June 25, 2013 8:19 am


    It’s all about marketing. Dead end? No, that’s a cul-de-sac.

  17. Shoko June 25, 2013 8:20 am

    Interesting music track (Hey Delilah) Wilson used on his highlight video. Don’t mean to stereotype, but I was expecting some Dr. Dre. πŸ˜‰

    Welcome Mr. Wilson!

  18. Stephen Tsai June 25, 2013 8:20 am

    … Or as we used to say in the restaurant biz: Today’s bread is tomorrow’s croutons.

  19. Stephen Tsai June 25, 2013 8:21 am


    I believe in subliminal messages.

    I think soundtracks to highlight videos should be tailored to a potential coach’s music preferences.

  20. Shoko June 25, 2013 8:22 am

    Here’s another video with Beethoven! I applaud his taste in music.


  21. Shoko June 25, 2013 8:23 am

    19. Good point there, sir.

  22. Shoko June 25, 2013 8:23 am

    This track seems more appropriate for a man of his age.


  23. Stephen Tsai June 25, 2013 8:25 am

    Isn’t classical music supposed to boost creative thinking in tots.

    At least that’s the theory.

    I suppose it’s better than Barney’s “I love you, you love me…”

  24. Stephen Tsai June 25, 2013 8:27 am

    Of all the recruits and newcomers, Dee Maggitt gets overlooked. He’s quite committed to the program. Last week he said he was going to Seattle. On Monday, I saw him at workouts. He said he attended his sister’s graduation, then came back. He didn’t want to miss workouts or summer school.

  25. A-House June 25, 2013 8:29 am


    our prayers to you and your ohana!

    always miss you at our tailgates

  26. Shoko June 25, 2013 8:29 am

    I recall Maggitt had his last recruiting visit to UW before making a decision. Did the Huskies ever offer?

  27. Stephen Tsai June 25, 2013 8:29 am

    I’m fascinated with football players who wear jacket and ties for their bio pictures.

    Then again, I often wonder why Hawaii lawyers can’t wear aloha shirts in court.

  28. Shoko June 25, 2013 8:31 am

    23. My Mom played classical music while I was still in her womb. That would disprove that theory…heh.

  29. Stephen Tsai June 25, 2013 8:33 am

    I was going to ask Maggitt about that once but he was in the middle of a tai chi routine. I wasn’t sure about the etiquette of talking to someone who was in mid-routine.

  30. tommui June 25, 2013 8:34 am


    Welcome Mr. Wilson!

    ST – Is Willis a one-year or two-year eligible?

  31. Stephen Tsai June 25, 2013 8:35 am

    I think my mom tried to watch the Lawrence Welk Show. It didn’t work. I didn’t have a womb with a view.

  32. Stephen Tsai June 25, 2013 8:36 am

    Tom Mui:

    He’s a Frank DeLima commercial: Two … two …

  33. turfwar June 25, 2013 8:39 am

    Wilson has a little bit of former Bow Gerald Green in his running style.

  34. Stephen Tsai June 25, 2013 8:41 am


    That’s a pretty good memory. I like that comparison.

  35. tommui June 25, 2013 9:05 am

    #32 Good! good!

  36. A-House June 25, 2013 9:06 am

    ST, your #27:

    I believe there are certain days when attorneys are allowed to wear aloha shirts in court – maybe aloha Fridays?

    t’was not so when Judge Mui held court.

  37. Shoko June 25, 2013 9:09 am

    Forgot to post this yesterday.

    The MW Scholar-Athlete Award is one of the highest academic honors bestowed by the Conference. To be eligible for selection, student-athletes must have completed at least two academic terms at the member institution, while maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or better, and have participated in varsity competition in an NCAA-sponsored sport.

    Congratulations to the following:

    Justin Clapp

    Ben Clarke

    Harold Moleni

    Jordan Puu-Robinson


  38. A-House June 25, 2013 9:17 am

    ST: is there a special reason that the 2012 football season schedule is still shown on the main sports page below your picture?

    would not the 2013 schedule be more appropriate?

  39. jimmy the lock June 25, 2013 9:21 am

    “I didn’t have a womb with a view.”


  40. iwonderwhytheyhateme June 25, 2013 9:24 am

    welcome Willis!

    the UDub program hasn’t turned out the way many had thought it would with the hiring of Sarkesian. same for Kiffin. the Pete Carroll coaching tree =(.

  41. A-House June 25, 2013 9:29 am


    your #38 is a special tribute to those certain student athletes who excel in the classroom as well as in a sport – time management is crucial for all student athletes!

    One of the best ever class I took at UH was Time & Motion studies – don’t know if it is still offered, but it should be a prerequisite/mandatory class for all students – I always fashioned my self as being organized, but I was so wrong – don’t matter if you are doctor, lawyer, Indian chief, or grass cutter or sanitation engineer – everyone will learn how to better organize their work and play hours

  42. Shoko June 25, 2013 9:30 am

    Hope we’re not implying everyone that served under Pete Carroll is not head coach material. πŸ˜‰

  43. Shoko June 25, 2013 9:31 am

    41. What’s interesting is the newspapers haven’t made mention about the awards.

  44. Jesse(James) June 25, 2013 9:42 am

    Good morning Tsaikos!!!

    Welcome to Mr. Willis….

  45. Da Punchbowl Kid June 25, 2013 9:50 am

    Watched Wilson’s reel. All I can say is “That’s what I’m talkin’ bout, Willis!”

    Tsai could resist it, a lesser man such as myself could not.

    Here’s another one for y’all – Warrior Willis Wilson – http://www.td.com!


  46. Da Punchbowl Kid June 25, 2013 9:53 am

    Scholar Athletes. Excellent! Way to go, men! Thanks for that post, Shoko.

  47. BigWave96744 June 25, 2013 10:05 am

    Former Warrior DB Guster Cunningham also went to Lakes HS with Dee Maggitt.

    And last year’s spring walkon RB/LB Deonson Leatimua went to Lakes HS before transferring to Radford HS

  48. PolyMom June 25, 2013 10:20 am

    Good Morning Warrior Fans!

    Every morning we wake up to more good news!!!

    Go Warriors!

    Beat SC!

    BTW…ST post # 31 is hysterical!!!!

  49. tommui June 25, 2013 10:23 am

    #36 AHOUSE

    Actually I wanted them to wear wigs and robes like the English barristers do, but I was overruled.

    Jumong 3 & 4 coming in tomorrow.

    Just as an aside, have you ever been to Gyeong ju?

  50. BigWave96744 June 25, 2013 10:28 am

    Stephen, in your article in todays paper you said 13 of 14 Frosh recruits reported.

    Dejon, Ammon, Keelan, Trayvon, Barry, Marcus, David Manoa, Drake, Diocemy, Kennedy, Elijah, John Wa’a, & Aofaga

    KIrkwood is coming today or tomorrow.

    Kwamane Bowen is coming next month

    Rashaan Falemalu & Jamie Tags are grayshirted

    Keti Salakielu & Aaron Zwahlen are on their LDS mission

    Any word on Meffy Koloamantagi, Ualesi Sale & David Fangupo?

  51. A-House June 25, 2013 10:30 am


    I guess the US jurisprudence system did not want to imitate “mother England”.

    no; it’s a restaurant?

    will bring 4 volumes of Jumong for you and wife to enjoy without waiting for netflix

  52. BigWave96744 June 25, 2013 10:30 am

    Oops Jamie Tago

  53. A-House June 25, 2013 10:34 am

    Big Wave:

    I thought I read ST’s post that Fangupo had some “work to do” if he wanted to attend UH let alone fall practice – I interpreted that to mean academic – like SAT or ACT or core grades – wait, now, cannot be core grades as he’s graduated from HS.

  54. tommui June 25, 2013 10:39 am

    A-House # 51

    Not a restaurant – but there is a good one in that complex on Keeamoku where the Korean supermarket is located.

    Gyeong ju was the capital of the Silla Empire. About 2-hours outside of Busan

  55. BigWave96744 June 25, 2013 10:40 am

    Mahalo A-House, maybe the dreaded Alg II

  56. Stephen Tsai June 25, 2013 10:44 am

    Big Wave:

    One of the players listed has been accepted into school conditional to completing an online class. He’s allowed to work out but he needs to finish the summer class.

  57. Stephen Tsai June 25, 2013 10:46 am

    The likelihood is Fangupo will have to grayshirt.

  58. SteveM June 25, 2013 10:52 am

    Good morning everyone!

    Welcome Willis Wilson!

  59. Stephen Tsai June 25, 2013 10:55 am

    In the next month, we’ll be introducing some new recruiting terms.

    Yes, we’re the one-stop place for entertainment, information and spam drama.

  60. BigWave96744 June 25, 2013 10:58 am

    The 13 Frosh recruits that are here hail from 4 states, Hawaii, California, Utah & Florida

    All fertile ground to establish pipelines

  61. Slugger June 25, 2013 11:11 am

    Let’s Go Bows!

    Let’s Go Bows!

    Let’s Go Bows!

    We have a new guy working with us today…Jason Rivers.

  62. Slugger June 25, 2013 11:14 am

    Great highlight reel of Willis Wilson!

  63. SteveM June 25, 2013 11:16 am

    RE: #36 & #39

    A-House and tommui — lawyer attire reminded me of a favorite courtroom shows…

    My Cousin Vinny

    preview: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SL4HdaZXuOw&list=PL4D5641820B353A58

    Hmmm, a Tsai-ko remake of the movie might cast Tom as the judge and ST as Peschi… πŸ˜‰

  64. duffer June 25, 2013 11:46 am

    Golf spam

  65. jm2375 June 25, 2013 12:48 pm

    Howzit Tsaikos!

    Welcome to the ohana, Mr. Wilson.

    Weather did not cooperate today. Was supposed to take Screecher and friends out to the KBay sandbar. Everything was ready to go, then it started pouring. πŸ™

  66. LizKauai June 25, 2013 12:56 pm

    Shout out and Prayers to Curveball… heading towards the eternal stadium of winning seasons… True Tsai-ko…

  67. Bulla June 25, 2013 1:06 pm

    Our collective prayers from our ohana go out to Curveball…. always a joy to be with even with your dry sense of humor. love the watermelon treats we used to eat πŸ™‚ bless you my brother always,

  68. jimmy the lock June 25, 2013 1:30 pm

    Some chickens are good, like fried and teriyaki.

  69. Buffoman June 25, 2013 1:46 pm

    They should have done a Vinny part 2. That was a really good movie. “Herman Munster” as the judge was just a classic and Marissa Tome was is just a stunning Jersey girl!

    I agree with a previous poster, this looks and acts like a completely different team from the one that was fielded last year and there are a great bunch of returnees to go with the new additions. Can’t wait for the new season.

  70. SteveM June 25, 2013 1:49 pm

    jm2375 — Why let a little rain…wind…and seas stop you? You already had the boat, right?

    (s) Beached Coastie

    BTW, Matt (in Petaluma) — if you see this, please send me an email at: stevem.hnl (at) gmail.com

  71. mo808 June 25, 2013 1:52 pm

    Good Afternoon Folks!

    Welcome to Willis Wison!

    Highlights look very promising! Can’t wait for the season!!

    Priceless @31: πŸ˜†

  72. Independent Thinker June 25, 2013 1:59 pm

    Tsai said:

    “Then again, I often wonder why Hawaii lawyers can’t wear aloha shirts in court.”

    You one funny guy, Tsai. Wassamatta you, you no like lawyers? You ever spend an hour in court in an aloha shirt? Brah, you would freeze.

  73. Pomai June 25, 2013 2:05 pm

    My brother curveball peace be with you……

  74. d1shima June 25, 2013 2:05 pm

    One, two, three inning for the Bulldogs. UCLA coming up.

    Hard to cheer for the Uclans at anything but they are repping the West. Miss St hasn’t ever won a NC in any sport so it would be easy to pull for the underdog.

    Ahhh….I working tomorrow. End it today Bruins! 😈

  75. jm2375 June 25, 2013 2:18 pm

    SteveM – MCBH Marina. Not spending money to go out on a lousy day.

  76. Da Punchbowl Kid June 25, 2013 2:26 pm

    Bless you, brother curveball!

  77. 702WarriorFan June 25, 2013 2:46 pm

    curveball, thoughts and peace for you and your family

  78. AllG June 25, 2013 3:24 pm

    ST, Are Vasquez Haynes, Lataimua, and D. Washington on campus?

  79. oldtimer808 June 25, 2013 3:35 pm

    Welcome Mr. Wilson glad to have you and for all the new recruits on the fringe with your academics go get it done and be there at fall camp. I see a good culture developing with the football program from the difficult beginnings of last season. This team is going to win some games.

  80. Steve P June 25, 2013 3:49 pm

    Welcome and a giant ALOHA to all UH recruits…you’ve just determined to play ball at one of the best schools and in the friendliest place on this planet. We support you and hope your stay here will be fun and productive and that the spirit of the Islands guides your efforts. IMUA

  81. Buffoman June 25, 2013 4:35 pm

    I guess it’s that time to “belly up to the bar”, huh? Does anyone need a drink?

  82. d1shima June 25, 2013 5:17 pm

    Congratulations UCLA.

  83. Konoman1 June 25, 2013 6:09 pm

    I agree with you Purple Maple!

  84. laulau head June 25, 2013 6:12 pm

    66 days…damn I getting itchy!!

    BEAT USC!!

  85. laulau head June 25, 2013 6:15 pm

    I mean 65 days!!!

    BEAT USC!!!

  86. mo808 June 25, 2013 7:40 pm

    Prayers for Curveball and his Ohana! God be with you!

  87. Bulla June 25, 2013 8:22 pm

    to my Tsaiko brethren,

    as you know Curveball is not doing very well; let us lift him and his ohana in prayer. i am a better person because of my friend and Tsaiko brother, Gary Holden. may the peace that surpasses all understanding fill him and his ohana. let all Heaven rejoice when he enters the gates. Gary, i’ll see you on the other side, amene.

  88. kapakahi June 25, 2013 8:43 pm


  89. LizKauai (mbp) June 25, 2013 9:09 pm

    Curveball… Gary Holden…. ready to pass… God Bless!

  90. BigWave96744 June 25, 2013 9:23 pm

    Shalom bro Curveball and your Ohana.

  91. LizKauai (mbp) June 25, 2013 9:27 pm

    Just called the hospital. He’s sleeping and so is his ohana. Good.

  92. Wes'side Warrior June 25, 2013 9:32 pm

    Howzit, gang!

    Been busy as can be, and still not caught up with all that needs to be done. Still trying to find funding for my son’s out-of-state fees at UH this year… big headache, even with that scholarship.

    Main thing… Wanted to stop in to offer prayers for Curveball and ‘ohana.

    Aloha, everyone!

  93. BG June 25, 2013 9:59 pm

    I had to visit to add my prayers for Curveball. Please Lord, fill Gary with your Grace and give him peace.

  94. al June 25, 2013 10:34 pm

    curveball…prayers of comfort brother.

    i’ll always reflect this greeting for you back in the cabana tailgate days.

    “curveball…strike three he’s outta there!!!”

    always gave us a chuckle didn’t it?

  95. koakane June 25, 2013 10:38 pm

    curve ball my thoughts and prayer be with you

  96. Stephen Tsai June 26, 2013 12:53 am

    Hey, read about the two 2014 recruits in the new post.

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